Diabetes Prevention Week

17 April 2018 9:13am

This week it is 'Diabetes Prevention Week'. Around 200,000 people are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes every year. In Shropshire, the CCG estimates there are potentially 15,065 people who are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is caused by the level of sugar (glucose) in the blood to become too high. It can lead to health complications such as strokes, heart disease, limb amputation, and early death.

However, Type 2 diabetes can be prevented by managing weight and eating healthily as well as being more active. 

Find out your risk

You can also try out the 'Know Your Risk' tool at www.diabetes.org.uk/risk. The tool asks some simple questions and, using information on weight and height, calculates what the risk is of someone becoming a Type 2 diabetic. It then provides lots of free, practical advice including recipes and tips as well as identifying the symptoms of diabetes and where to get help. It only takes three minutes.